• Which premises can be classified?
All premises that have more than nine beds, but not more than 20 guest rooms, which do not have a specific hotel character and whose company name does not include the word “hotel” can participate in the voluntary system of the German Classification of Guesthouses, Inns and Pensions.
• Checks and balances
As well as the participants of its “big sister”, the German Hotel Classification, the premises, which apply for the German Classification of Guesthouses, Inns and Pensions, are strictly and regularly controlled and inspected by several specified commissions to ensure a high acceptance of these classification stars in Germany. In order to guarantee the neutrality of the evaluation, the commissions include members of the regional tourist association as well as representatives of the hospitality industry or the respective chamber of commerce and industry. The commission has only got a limited leeway in its decision making. In case of disagreements, an arbitration process is held under the supervision of the chamber of commerce and industry. The G-Classification effectively puts an end to hospitality premises issuing their own stars.
• Advantages for guests
Consumer associations have long been demanding for classification systems in the hospitality industry. The G-Classification creates the expected additional transparency and reliability, because the guest is aware in advance of the objective services and quality standards that a classified premise offers.